CRIME WATCH: Followup on package-theft arrests; two car prowls; stolen car found

In West Seattle Crime Watch this afternoon:

FOLLOWUP ON PACKAGE-THEFT SUSPECTS’ ARREST: The official report on yesterday’s incident in Westwood tells a slightly different story than what we were told in the early going. The incident was spotted by an officer “on routine patrol” along 35th SW who saw a man run toward a house with two packages on its stoop, scooping them up and running back to a car where a woman was waiting in the driver’s seat. She took off as the officer pulled up; he followed until she dead-ended in an alley and “nearly drove … down an embankment.” The officer recognized both people from “past contacts.” The man “claimed someone had told him to pick up the packages for them” but later, at the precinct, “admitted that he had stolen the packages.” The officer also wrote that the suspect “claimed that (the driver) had picked him up just minutes earlier from Westwood Village” and that they “have known each other for a few years and use drugs together.” She, meantime, claimed he had picked her up there. Police were trying to determine who owned the car. He was arrested for investigation of a drug violation; she was cited for theft, and since that is an official misdemeanor charge, we can identify her as 20-year-old Elizabeth D. Parish. The citation carried a bail amount of $1,000, and she got out of jail a short time ago. It was her fourth stay in the King County Jail this year, according to the register. The other suspect, 33, is still there, and we’re awaiting word on whether he’s having a bail hearing this afternoon.

P.S. The police-report narrative says the victim later went to the Southwest Precinct “and claimed his packages.”

(added) P.P.S., 5:36 PM: The 33-year-old suspect had a bail hearing today and was granted release on personal recognizance; the VINE alert system says he’s being processed for release right now. Probable-cause documents say he’s under investigation for a drug charge because he was found in possession of heroin and meth.

Now, the latest reader reports – both about car prowls:


Two vehicles were broken into in the garage parking lot at L.A. Fitness in West Seattle (last night) between the hours of 5:30-7:45 pm. The windows were broken and property was stolen from the cars. A blue hiking backpack containing personal belongings and information, including a passport, immigration documents, flash drives, and iPad was stolen from my car. If anyone sees or finds it dumped on the ground somewhere please contact me directly at 509.434.9355. My name is Israel Martinez. Thank you!!


I had my car window smashed last night early morning on Trenton and 31st st. All that was missing was a pack of cigarettes.

Please report even the smallest of crimes so at least the stats are accurate – that’s the request from police. After we were prowled last Friday, we filed one report for both vehicles and it took just a few minutes … here’s where to start. (And when you get to the long list of car makes, key in the first few letters of yours so it will jump ahead and you can stop scrolling.)

And one more followup:

STOLEN IN WEST SEATTLE, FOUND IN BURIEN: Jackson‘s stolen Ford Escape, reported here on Monday, turned up at 1st/160th in Burien. Jackson says one person was arrested, and, as seems to be a trend lately: “There was also another bag in the car that was not ours. It had a leather jacket and some new clothing from Macy’s in it.”

16 Replies to "CRIME WATCH: Followup on package-theft arrests; two car prowls; stolen car found"

  • Double Dub Resident November 23, 2016 (4:16 pm)

    Wait,  WTF??!!!!  Am I reading this right?  This POS stole the packages,  admitted to stealing the packages,  the woman POS was jailed,  posted bail,  went to the police station and then claimed said packages?!!! 

    • WSB November 23, 2016 (5:07 pm)

      No, the *victim* claimed the packages.

  • Double Dub Resident November 23, 2016 (4:22 pm)

    As far as the 31st and Trenton car prowl.  I am not surprised.  I’ve been seeing shady characters who I assume are homeless by “their attire”  walking around this neighborhood with their head on a swivel.  The apparent drug addicts roaming between Barton and Trenton and 35th to  Westwood Village is unfortunately becoming more and more common 

    • KM November 23, 2016 (5:57 pm)

      2 car breaks in last week at 32nd and Kenyon also.

  • Ryan caple November 23, 2016 (4:46 pm)

    My car got prowled through on Bonair dr and Alki beach. If anyone has seen a zip lock bag of receipts let me know!!! 

  • Truth November 23, 2016 (5:15 pm)

    The real problem is that they let them out on Bail.  Do you really think they are going to stop.  This city is messed up. 

    • WSB November 23, 2016 (5:18 pm)

      Actually, I just got the info about suspect #2 and he was released on personal recognizance (being processed right now, according to the VINE notification). I haven’t read the documents yet but will be updating the story above soon as I do.

  • gym member November 23, 2016 (5:40 pm)

    The parking garage for LA Fitness and Spruce Apts. has had a car prowl problem for over a year. The garage has no security. LA Fitness has started giving out flyers about preventing prowls to its members. I know a former member whose car was prowled that was parked on the street.

    • Jon November 23, 2016 (9:23 pm)

      Man, it’s a shame LA Fitness doesn’t make a ton of money or have a compulsory, scammy, non-refundable “Commitment Fee” which they could put towards hiring any sort of security staff or doing anything to solve this problem…

      Unless you’re driving a Honda Civic or any other high-value, easy-to-steal car — the only defense you really have is to just not keep a single thing in your car ever. And don’t forget to vote for new judges!

  • Alki Resident November 23, 2016 (5:51 pm)

    This car prowling problem in LA Fitness garage is why I wont become a member.

  • Double Dub Resident November 23, 2016 (6:10 pm)

    LA Fitness seems to almost have an epidemic for years now 

  • WS resident November 24, 2016 (1:07 am)

    My gf and I witnessed a man prowling the link apartments parking garage around 2am on 11/22.

  • wetone November 24, 2016 (10:44 am)

    People want to know why crime in Seattle is getting worse ? pretty self explanatory . The young lady :  The citation carried a bail amount of $1,000, and she got out of jail a short time ago ($100.) It was her fourth stay in the King County Jail this year, according to the register.  Male suspect : The 33-year-old suspect had a bail hearing today and was granted release on personal recognizance………

     All to common these days. Criminals and gangs know they have little to worry about in Seattle and that is a fact. All one needs to do is ask them and they laugh at Seattle’s leaders. Until Seattle government starts dealing with what they have created and allowing to happen things will continually slide downhill. Much of the fault lies in voters hands for empowering same people to office. Murray, Constantine, much of the city counsel.  Want things to change ? start voting or vote to remove people holding office today….  More and more this city reminds me of a Mad Max city. I drive across harbor Island (Spokane St.) down  Airport way into town and see the filth, fires burning,  junk motorhomes/cars, drug use and dealing, prostitution. How Seattle has changed in the last 10yrs. The worst part is all the tax dollars Mayor Patchwork spends with very little improvement for the real homeless that want to better their lives along with so many other issues not being properly funded : mental health, transportation/traffic,  road/bridge  maintenance, and so much more. Just expect taxes to continually rise (living cost, rent) in Seattle to pay for Mayor Patchworks poor spending choices. If Mayor gets his way and continues with Seattle being a sanctuary city and federal dollars dry up, it might be last straw and time to move as we won’t be able to afford the huge cost pushed unto us, forcing us to sell home of 30yrs. so we can retire. 


  • WestCake November 24, 2016 (3:42 pm)

    They don’t have the resources to hold them in jail, that’s quite expensive. If we don’t need to lock them up, I fail to see the importance of a helicopter to catch them. Please allocate those funds to the homeless situation. Or a paving project. Or both. 

    • Michael Shema November 29, 2016 (6:26 pm)

      We do have the resources to lock them up.  It’s that big empty pier #5.  For every crime we catch them at they have committed 10 others and not been caught.  This year she committed at least 40 crimes.   That’s alot.  They should be held in a cage until court day.   A criminal that is caught several times should have no Personal Recognizance.   We also need three times the amount of places for addiction treatment but that is another story.   

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